You might be in management now if…

…you know the Jira schema better than the project your team is building. And that’s ok. Karl Hughes explains why, and why the transition from contributor to manager is so hard for developers in What you give up when moving into engineering management.

As a leader, you’re no longer expected to write the most code, solve the hardest technical problems, or fix the trickiest bugs. Instead, you’re responsible for ensuring that your team can do these things. It’s hard for great engineers to move into management because they like being deeply focused on challenging technical problems, not hopping in and out of a dozen meetings every day.

Your job is to develop the developers.